Srinagar Tourism

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Abhinav Sudan5.0/5

64 reviews

A must visit place

1. Why to visit?
It is the summer capital of J&K, located in Kashmir Valley. It is having large no of waterfronts and water bodies with the famous Dal lake also in the city. A must visit place for everyone.
2. Must Visit Places.
Dal lake, Pari Mahal, Shankracharya Temple, Wular lake are recommended places. Tulip and Shalimar Nishat garden is also a good place to visit.
3. Local food and shopping.
Famous Kashmiri dishes can be enjoyed in the road near Dal lake. Also Taj and Lalit hotels within the city also provide good food and nice accommodation too.
For shopping the handicrafts can be explored and local designs can be bought. Also the famous chinar jewellery can be looked into.
4. Activities.
Boat riding in the Dal lake and the boathouse is suggested. Taking a stroll near Dal lake is also a good option. Spending afternoons in the local gardens is also an option.
5. Advice.
Do bargain while doing window shopping. Take a camera along and enjoy nature.
Happy Holidaying !!
Warm Regards

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Anant Susarla3.6/5

5 reviews

Land of the Dal lake

Well, the enduring memory of Srinagar is the Dal Lalo. The place kind of begins and ends with the activity in and around the Dal. Sure there is more to Srinagar than the Dal but going out in Srinagar is mostly dealing with cold winds and colder people. Whatever little endearment there is exists in and around the lake because this is the 'business district'. Ofcourse there are others places to visit such as the Shankaracharya temple founded by Adi Shankaracharya Himself. At other temples you will see scared people peeping out of large cage-like windows as if scared they would be mobbed or pelted with stones. With things as they stand none of you may actually make it ever to this 'heaven on earth'(? ). I for one am happy I was there but wouldn't be unhappy if I don't ever get to go back!

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Srinagar Overview

History of Srinagar

Srinagar being the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is situated on the banks of Jhelum River. The city of Srinagar is one of India’s popular tourist attractions because of its historic gardens, beautiful houseboats, meandering river and pleasant climate. Srinagar is packed with enthralling valleys and surrounded by lush green hills.

The city of Srinagar was founded almost 2000 years ago, by King Pravarasena II. After the emergence of Mauryan Empire, they took over Kashmir and the then Mauryan emperor, Ashoka introduced Buddhism in Srinagar. After the rule of Mauryas, Srinagar was under the influence of many other territories, religions and political backgrounds.

People and Culture of Srinagar

Srinagar has a blend of many religion and culture. Though Islam is the most prevalent religion in Srinagar, Hinduism and Buddhism are also widespread in the city. Kashmiri language is widely spoken and the Kashmiri Pandits speak in Hindi.

Ramzan, Eid, Kheer Bhawani Festival, Navroz and many other festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show. Tulip Festival is also the main festival that is celebrated here.

Things to Do in Srinagar

There are many places to see in Srinagar and hence the city has lots of tourists all year round. Dal Lake, popularly called ‘Srinagar’s Jewel’ is one of the popular sightseeing in Srinagar. The placid Dal Lake is famous for its houseboats and it acts like a mirror to the misty snow capped Peak of Pir Panjal Mountains. Mughal Gardens is one of the must visit Srinagar attractions. The garden has fountains, flower beds and terraced lawns which make it all the more pretty.

From the list of places to visit in Srinagar, Amarnath Cave is one of the prime attractions. Said to be 5000 years old, the cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the religious places for the Hindus. Other Srinagar places to visit are Yousmarg, Shankaracharya Temple and Nishat Bagh. The list never really ends when it comes to Srinagar tourist places.

Food and Shopping in Srinagar

Besides Srinagar sightseeing, there are other things to do in Srinagar. When it comes to food, Sheermal and Baqerkhani are must haves. These breads are served in almost all bakeries around Srinagar. You must also not leave the city without having tasted the traditional meal of Srinagar called Wazawan.

For all those who are into shopping, Srinagar has lots in store for you. Pashmina shawls, handmade carpets, papier mache products, antiques, saffron are some of the must buys from the city. Many of the shops in the main city of Srinagar sell these items.

Accommodation in Srinagar

For transport options and how to reach Srinagar, travellers have lots of alternatives! One can choose to travel to Srinagar by train, by flight, by bus or by train depending on your budget and preferences. There is no scarcity of accommodation in Srinagar as well. One can opt to stay in the famous houseboats or accommodate in hotels, guesthouses or resorts. There are a number of hotels in Srinagar that are in close vicinity of famous places in Srinagar. Plan Srinagar tour early this season and book a place of accommodation well in advance.